Frederick Neil was born in Shabbington, Oxfordshire on 13 February 1883, one of 6 children to Thomas and Ruth Neil. He married Hannah (Annie) Doran in Shabbington in 1910, and had two daughters, Rosina who died shortly after birth and Freda.
Like his father, Frederick was a farm labourer, but with the war, he enlisted at Aylesbury with the 2/4th Ox and Bucks Light Infantry (Service No. 204135).
He was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (220078) on 26th June 1917. On 16th August 1917 he fought in the Battle of Langemark, part of the Third Battle of Ypres, and was one of 120 men reported missing at the end of the day.
Suffering from wounds to the head, he was captured by the Germans, and taken to their field hospital (Feldlaz) as Iseghem, where he died of his wounds 5 days later on the 21st August, age 34.
Originally he was buried in Iseghem (Izegem) Communal Cemetery German Extension but was reinterred at Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium, in June 1924.
Frederick is remembered on the Shabbington War Memorial and a memorial in St Mary’s churchyard Thame.